With Shah raised the pitch for BJP’s campaign in

 With assembly elections approaching in Karnataka…the political temperatures are rising in the state. Both ruling Congress and BJP took digs at each other and held meets with their state leaders to fintune their strategy for the electoral battle. BJP President Amit Shah raised the pitch for BJP’s campaign in Karnataka this week …Addressing the BJP’s Nava Karnataka Nirmana Parivartana Yatra at Chitradurga in the state, Amit Shah launched a scathing attack on the Congress…accusing it of slowing down development and indulging in corruption. BJP chief also accused the Karnataka govt of doing vote-bank politics. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah hit back…comparing the BJP, RSS and Bajrang Dal to extremists. His statement sparked angry responses from the BJP and the RSS. The Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday said it will file a criminal defamation case against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. He should apologise in front of the entire nation for his baseless allegations against BJP-RSS. His statement was really very shameful and unfortunate. One should not have any kind of sympathy with terrorists of J&K. The political battle spilled over to the social media as well…Siddaramaih took a dig at UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during his visit to Bengaluru earlier this week. Welcoming the Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Siddaramaiah tweeted that there’s a lot Adityanath can learn from Karnataka. Adityanath promptly responded pointing out that he was trying to “undo the misery” unleashed by Congress’ allies in Uttar Pradesh. Later, addressing a rally in Bengaluru, Yogi Adityanath also hit out at Siddaramaiah saying congress has pushed the state five years back due to corrupt policies.With elections due in the state this year…The BJP also held a meeting of its top leaders including Amit Shah and PM Modi to discuss poll-preparations. Congress leaders from the state also met their party president Rahul Gandhi in Delhi. While the BJP is aiming to win 150 of the state’s 224 seats this time around…the Congress is looking to retain power in the state…a feat which no government has acheived since 1985.